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Lasanna “ACE” Harris Speaks On Co-Producing Lil Wayne’s “Famous” Off “Tha Carter V” & Wayne’s Influence In Hip-Hop

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Lasanna ACE Harris Speaks On Co-Producing Lil Wayne Famous Off Tha Carter V & Wayne Influence In Hip Hop

Lasanna “ACE” Harris recently chopped it up with DJ Booth about co-producing Lil Wayne‘s “Famous” song featuring his daughter Reginae Carter off Tha Carter V and how influential Wayne is in hip-hop.

“Wayne is one of the most influential artists in hip-hop, period, and has birthed so many offspring.”

The producer talked about how he worked on the “timeless” track with Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph and Sam Bruno around the same time that they was working on beats for Nicki Minaj and her The Pinkprint album.

A week after they had mastered “Famous” back in 2014, Tunechi and Birdman had their public fall out, which went on to last over 4 years and left him being very disappointed thinking that the record will never see the light of day.

ACE then revealed he got an e-mail of out of blue from Weezy‘s team a week before the album was due to be released and explained how it feels “to be a part of a historical moment in hip-hop”. You can read everything he said below!

I produced “Famous” for Lil Wayne, which features his daughter Reginae Carter. I worked on the record with Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph and Sam Bruno.

I was signed to a production deal with Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph for a few years. Throughout this time, we worked on records for Kid Ink, T.I, and Nicki Minaj. Right before we started working on music for The Pinkprint, in 2014, we had the opportunity to submit music to Lil Wayne.

We sent him a lot of music. He ended up recording to three tracks. We were getting word back from his management team that they were really digging the music and we were sending files to go to mix. I was super hype. Wayne is one of the most influential artists in hip-hop, period, and has birthed so many offspring. His tenure is impeccable and sometimes understated.

About a week after we sent the files for mixing, Birdman and Lil Wayne had their public fallout. Lil Wayne’s infamous tweet went viral and Tha Carter V was shelved indefinitely. I was both very disappointed but also very much so detached. The music business can bring out the cynic in you.

At the time, I was producing full-time, so every beat made—and every opportunity for a placement—really counted! I would give forecasts to my wife about upcoming projects so we could budget for the household. To not have these three potential Wayne records see the light of day was a letdown.

Fast forward to 2018. I’m currently A&R’ing for Lecrae (and the rest of the artists at Reach Records) and also still producing. Out of the blue, we get a call from Wayne’s team. It turns out Tha Carter V is on the way and “Famous,” the record we did four years earlier, is slated to make the final cut.

At first, I wasn’t really phased because I know this business and I don’t get excited about an artist recording to a track unless I see a contract. The music business is the epitome of “hurry up and wait,” and artists of Wayne’s stature are known to switch up track listings at the last minute. There is so much pressure, so many decision-makers, and so much at stake to ensure the best body of work.

As an A&R, I totally get it. I’m not jaded anymore. The producers’ contribution to the project is often unfortunately at the mercy of the artists and/or their management and label teams. I’ve been there, done that, and I’ve learned to just keep your head down ‘til you come up. Work as hard as you can, and trust God for the results.

About a week before Tha Carter V was released, we got an email with contract information. At that point, I knew it was legit. It was really cool to be a part of a historical moment in hip-hop, especially in a busy year like 2018 with so many GREAT projects dropping.

I believe the record stuck around and made the final cut because the music and message are timeless. You can’t go wrong with a classic chord progression with pianos and a substantive message. No matter how much sound changes, those two things never grow old: message and melody.

Photo credit: MIA Nights.

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  • Patrick H

    Not the best song on C5 but it’s my favorite one.

  • PAC VOICE, PPL POINT AT ME AND SAY OMG

    • FoFoBullDogg

      Tried to blow my nose and blew my mind, it’s mind-blowing

      • David D

        Corny bar

    • Turtis

      People point at me and say oh my god, they gotta point.

  • Giraffe Boy
    • Kennykenkentune#🥀🥀OG

      Lol

    • Turtis

      I think this still works because we anticipated it for so long, then we got it, and now the hype is gone.

    • Scream☁️9FDAWORLD

      😂 😂

  • Raz!

    2014 shows wayne’s music is timeless

  • PresidentTrumpOGFurorOfThe45th

    Cant pretend like this was a “timeless” song, “Little Girls Eyes” was and they chose this shit over that? Sorry but it’ a “No” from me…..

    • WeezyF🐐

      Stfu

      • PresidentTrumpOGFurorOfThe45th

        Bravo, you sure showed me hoe

    • True. Little Girls eyes is more emotional

  • 🐐🐐

    Hbd to a 🐐 me 😎

    • David D

      Happy bday

      • 🐐🐐

        Appreciate it bro

    • RSB

      Hbd my boy

      • 🐐🐐

        Appreciate it slime

    • Lil Brick 🧱 Retired

      Hbd 😘

      • 🐐🐐

        Appreciate it bro

    • STUNNA

      kys

      • 🐐🐐

        Shut yo gay ass up mk

  • Turtis

    I love that bar

  • Turtis

    Damn, recorded before the public fallout. This track was collecting dust for a while! I respect wayne for keeping his daughter on the album even though the track was so old.

    • David D

      True

  • Turtis

    You can’t spell fame without me

  • David D

    Good read

  • Greatest song..

  • This post is about me

  • Day1_la_laker

    Testimony(Kodak) or demons?

  • Hittas from like 2012 too

  • Dr Carter

    Wayne shades are fiiiiiiire

  • HIDE

    Bitch real Gs move in silence like lasanna

    • Lil Brick 🧱 Retired

      Who said this

  • HIDE

    That’s jt

  • weezyfanatic

    hey HQ fam new here, whats good

    • Dr Carter

      Wlcome

      • weezyfanatic

        thanks!

    • RSB

      You ain’t fooling B , what was ya old name

      • weezyfanatic

        lol fr i’m new, long time lurker of the blog though, just never had an account

        • RSB

          Lol aiight aiight , welcome

          • weezyfanatic

            thanks, glad to be here finally

    • STUNNA

      A new bitch

  • Lil Brick 🧱 Retired

    Zoomin in the fast lane
    U in the bike lane

  • Dr Carter
  • weezyfanatic

    white?

  • Turtis

    I know, but there’s a few new ones too. And it’s just cool that he kept this specific song cause it’s like respect to his daughter as an artist

  • STUNNA

    sup pussies

  • RSB

    Young god in the building bout to start a religion

  • STUNNA

    Lil Baby gon be top 5 next year

  • A.

    We need another birdman x lilwayne kiss!
    2019?
    Xmas 2018?
    Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
    Or maybe a birdmzn x lil wayne x young thug three way kiss!

    • WeezyF🐐

      Stfu

      • A.

        Mom said: Birdman took his time to kiss me!

    • Dr Carter

      Ahaha tf “three way kiss” 😂😂😂😂😂

  • King Slime Thugger

    You support a man who has kissed grown men as a grown man! including stevie j smh

    • STUNNA

      I miss you son

  • STUNNA

    My son Weezy always loved being spanked

  • YMOB SO REAL

    Dope New Gospel isn’t talked about enough that’s what a real Rap and R&B collab should sound like🔥

    • STUNNA

      Trash

    • King Slime Thugger

      Nah, its extremely forgettable.

  • A.

    We will be flooded with new wayne music
    Also there will be peace on earth

  • King Slime Thugger

    Blueface – Bleed it >> all c5 ‘hits’

  • King Slime Thugger

    i kno cuz, we been eating real good

    • YMYSL 🐍🐍

      Disguise coming soon

    • YMYSL 🐍🐍

      Plus more

  • RSB

    Like the 4th time today they played uproar on the radio

    • Dr Carter

      Issa hiiiit

    • It also went up on hot 100

      • RSB

        Not surprised shit get major radio play here , they even made a drop before the song start lol

  • PresidentTrumpOGFurorOfThe45th

    Its either Wayne gets his dreads repaired or cut come 2019, stay woke!

  • tvsh
  • HIDE

    I remember when my homie showed me the Stevie j video I was Makin up so many excuses an shit but Wayne might be gay

    • Weezy97

      Which video?

      • HIDE

        It’s on YouTube

      • HIDE

        Look up lil Wayne kisses Stevie J no homo

        • THEFIREMANB1TCH

          Is that the video where it looks like it but u cant really see? Cause if it actually happened there would be way more videos on it and headlines with clear video. Not no scuffed ass video where theyre just close and the angle doesnt show u shit lmao

          • HIDE

            Bruh what was they doin

            • THEFIREMANB1TCH

              Idk but they didnt kiss

            • THEFIREMANB1TCH

              Thats why they used that video to say they kissed.. u think nobody else was recording from diff angles?

              • HIDE

                It do look like they coulda been walking an they just played that shit backwards, I was pissed when my homie showed me

          • Dr Carter

            Just saw the clip. In my memories I thought it really show a kiss but we aint see shit

            • THEFIREMANB1TCH

              Ya they didnt, its just ppl trying to start shit but it never made any headlines or there was no other video on it as wel

              • Dr Carter

                Like they dumb to kiss in club in front of hella ppl lol pause

  • Dr Carter

    You dont even smile like you used too

  • YungJackBauer

    Weezy drake and nicki should be in superbowl

  • THEFIREMANB1TCH

    So i got my gf to fall in love with waynes music [she was never into him and at 1 point hated his music] and all i did to get her to love it was i had her listen to carter 5 and she was like “wow i cant believe i love it so much, i guess i was just too immature before to give him the time of day and its hard not to like what u hear” And she bought carter 5 herself and cant stop listening to him lol

    • RSB

      Lol mission accomplished ✊🏾

    • osamaabinladen

      your quite the homosexual

    • Bruh people who never liked Wayne really like C5, my mates too play it all the time

    • david

      make her listen to how to love / c3 / mirror with bruno mars and all that chief. ;))

  • FLOMETHEUS

    “I’m a Hotboy; Diamonds Dancing Like JB BlockBoy”

  • Winchester
    • YMYSL 🐍🐍

      Can’t Be Broken YouTube rip 🤣🤣🚮

      • Winchester

        Thats the SNL version nigga 💀💀💀💀

    • Nah it’s better the way it is

  • Day1_la_laker

    Y.?

  • Day1_la_laker

    You lookin all up in a nigga mouth and shit.. smh🤦🏾‍♂️

  • iMont
  • RSB

    Bye bae some 🔥

    • HIDE

      Link me fam

      • RSB

        It’s one of the leaks it’s prolly on YouTube but I can email it to you though

        • HIDE

          I’ll just YouTube it bro I got a new email an Ion wanna post it up on here, niggas is weird

          • RSB

            Lmao I feel you bro

  • Best

    Famous is my favourite song off CV

  • Dr Carter
  • YMYSL 🐍🐍

    Uproar is actually a good song though

  • YMYSL 🐍🐍

    Why do the same few people keep asking for the same leaks, over and over again?

  • YMYSL 🐍🐍

    Lmao, what the FUCK was 21 Savage doing on Ball W/O You @ the 2:19 mark? 😂😂. Someone gotta tell him that he can’t sing

  • Weezy F Baldy

    Who want cancer? Im givin’ out smoke

  • STUNNA

    I’m looking to sign young talent as the face of Cash Money new era. Email me your music and a booty pic.

  • Lil Brick 🧱 Retired

    Just made 4 songs from scratch in the past 2 hours. Grinded it all out. So exhausted man.

    • Jake Sharma #FreeJuelz🐯

      Wayne work ethic?

  • YMYSL 🐍🐍

    After 18, she’s on her own. He’s a grown man, not a wannabe tough guy in a mans body. If anyone is to blame, it’s Toya.

  • RSB

    On my way to dc for this show , it’s brazy it’s gon be at the same venue the Tory lanes show was I went to last weekend

    • YMYSL 🐍🐍

      Take pics and try getting a pic with him

      • RSB

        I got you brudda

        • YMYSL 🐍🐍

          What time is the show?

  • YMYSL 🐍🐍

    She lives / lived with Toya for the most part.. But all that shit aside, stuff like this is inevitable.

  • Dr Carter

    I mean she a grown ass woman now. Not a kid anymore

  • Dr Carter

    What she did recently ? I aint see nun on her recent posts

  • WeezyF🐐

    Aye is anybody up on here ? I have question about C3

  • Dr Carter

    Just listening to Blueface. My God I dont like his music at all

  • Pockets fat like Jack Black, if I go broke I’mma jack whites

  • RSB

    Alot by 21&cole some 🔥

  • Dr Carter

    Smh

  • DatNiggaJoc

    WAIT WHAT LMAOOOO

  • PussyMoneyWeed2

    Thank God
    Fuck Fame …. Weezy
    Thank me

  • PresidentTrumpOGFurorOfThe45th

    Bigly

  • I need Tune in my life everyday too get thru. I have rocked with Wayne since he got in the game.So talented …I feel his music deep in my soul…💋👅Thank you for giving you so many of years of your life